Silversea Unveils Expansive 2016 Voyage Collection
Sep 16, 2014 – From Aberdeen to Zadar, eight intimate ships will showcase 845 destinations (including 107 new ports) on 272 voyages across seven continents
For travellers seeking exclusive journeys to landmark destinations as well as the world’s most exotic lands, tiny isles, and less-travelled waterways, Silversea is offering an unprecedented array of voyage options in 2016, all available for reservation today.
The schedule for Silversea’s five ultra-luxury ocean-going cruise ships will encompass 385 destinations on 177 voyages. Among 19 new ports are Summerside, Prince Edward Island (Canada); Rockland, Maine (USA); Le Marin, Martinique; Shimizu, Japan; Rijeka and Rab Island, Croatia; Bremerhaven, Germany; Ullapool, Scotland; and Kalmar, Sweden. Other classic fleet highlights include:
Venetian World Cruise: Departing Fort Lauderdale on 5 January, this 115-day sailing will visit 51 destinations in 31 countries. It will follow a westward path through the Panama Canal to South America and the Pacific. Guests will explore the island paradises of the South Seas, including Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora before sailing to the most desirable destinations of New Zealand, Australia, and Asia, including vibrant Hong Kong and Singapore, the enticing resorts of Bali and Phuket, and mysterious Myanmar. The odyssey will continue to exotic India, Arabia, and timeless Mediterranean hideaways before concluding with two nights in magnificent Venice.
Circle South America: Silver Spiritdeparts 15 January on a 66-day roundtrip Grand Voyage from Fort Lauderdale. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, two days cruising Chile’s majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, plus multi-day calls in Buenos Aires and Callao (gateway to Lima and Machu Picchu).
South Africa: Silver Cloud offers a trio of 10-day voyages showcasing South Africa’s east coast with convenient roundtrip departures from Cape Town in February. The sailings (1603 – 1605) include calls in Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London, Maputo, and an overnight stay in Richards Bay.
Mediterranean, Northern Europe & Baltic: From April to November, four ships collectively will offer more than 80 intriguing itineraries revealing the regions’ secluded harbours and fabled cities. Notable itineraries include:
–After a few years’ absence, Silver Whisper returns to the North Cape with a 14-day roundtrip sailing from Copenhagen on 17 June. Voyage 4613 spotlights some of Norways’s most breathtaking scenery and includes a stop in the Arctic village of Honningsvag, gateway to the North Cape, Europe’s northernmost point. Travellers to this region may observe the traditional customs and lifestyle of the indigenous Sami people and spot reindeer during the summer months.
–Silver Spirit’s Voyage 5613, sailing from Barcelona to Rome, will overnight in Cannes on 25 May, during the city’s famous film festival, and also overnight in Monte Carlo on 28 May, during the Grand Prix.
–Silver Wind will sail the River Thames to dock near (or depart from) Tower Bridge in the heart of historic London on six voyages (2617 – 2622) — a journey most cruise ships are too large to navigate.
Alaska: From May through September, Silver Shadow returns to explore the stunning natural wonders of Alaska on 17 seven-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver.
Myanmar: In addition to the Venetian World Cruise, three Silver Shadow voyages (3604, 3609 and 3633) feature multi-day stopovers in Myanmar, where guests can explore its famous golden pagodas and ancient temples in depth.
Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas, said: “Traditional cruise enthusiasts will find our five ocean-going ships offer a diverse array of travel choices, including itineraries with multi-day calls and overnight stays, many of which can be combined without repeating ports to create unique and enriching travel experiences. And for thrill-seeking adventure travellers, our expedition cruises offer unsurpassed opportunities to discover the amazing natural and cultural treasures of the world’s most remote regions.”
The line’s three expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos, will collectively explore over 500 destinations on 95 expedition cruises. Included among 88 inaugural calls are Gough Island, St Helena; Lizard Island, Australia; Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles; Ko Phra Thong, Thailand; and South Cinque Island, Andaman Archipelago.
Silver Explorer’s schedule retains its ever-popular expedition cruises to Antarctica, South and Central America, the British Isles, Northern Canada, Greenland, and Arctic Norway. New and noteworthy itineraries include a 12-day expedition to the White Sea sailing roundtrip from Tromso on 11 June (Voyage 7612), and an 18-day journey (7619) focused on Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, sailing roundtrip from Kangerlussuaq on 22 August.
Silver Discoverer’s six expedition cruises along Australia’s Kimberley Coast from March to May highlight an exotic programme that encompasses Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Russian Far East, and remote Alaska. On the schedule is a new 15-day, Phuket-to-Male sailing (9626) departing 2 December to explore Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Plus, on 17 December, the ship departs Male on a new 17-day expedition (9627) to the Seychelles, Maldives, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Highlighting this voyage is an inaugural visit to Aldabra, an amazing raised coral atoll that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And Silver Galapagos will again operate year-round voyages exploring the pristine and biologically diverse islands of the Galápagos.
Please visit www.silversea.com for additional details on the 2016 voyage collection.
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Discoverer, Silversea Cruises’ itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 800 fascinating destinations in between.
In the US, Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded “Best Luxury Cruise” by TravelChannel.com (2014) and “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” by Global Traveler (2014). International awards include “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2013); “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” in the Readers’ Choice survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2014); “Best Expedition Cruise Ship” by Australia’s Cruise Passenger magazine (2013); “Best Small Luxury Cruise Line” by China’s Travel + Leisure (2013); and “Star Luxury Cruise Company” according to U.K.’s Travel Bulletin (2013).
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